1980s Polio disease scare in BC Lower Mainland
During the 1980s I was a Public Health Nurse in the BC Interior. We were peripherally involved in responding to public concerns about a case of polio disease imported from an unimmunized religious community in Western Europe into a similar community in the BC Lower Mainland. My recall is now fuzzy about the number of polio cases, but I do recall the fear of people calling our Health Unit (HU).
Then in the 1990s, a colleague who was a Public Health Nurse in one of the BC Lower Mainland communities during the polio scare, shared how their HU received panic-stricken calls about exposure to polio virus from people who were driving through the area, not stopping.
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Thank you for sharing!